UNYANET representatives from 14 countries had the chance to meet Mr Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth, for a video chat on the occasion of the UNYANET General Assembly 2014 in Rome. The delegates from UN Youth and Students Associations around the world discussed with him “Youth Involvement in the United Nations on the Example of the Post-2015-Agenda”.
Mr. Alhendawi, who had just been at the Opening of the UN General Assembly, began by pointing out the importance of the Post-2015-Agenda as being the crucial issue of the international community, stressing especially the role that young people play in its implementation.
“You are the key generation,” he said. He then summarized the steps that had been taken so far and pointed out the upcoming main events around this issue, mentioning several high-level conferences that will accompany the international negotiations.
The UN Envoy on Youth encouraged the UNYANET representatives to remain actively engaged, to closely follow the events and to lobby their national governments in order to take youth issues into account during the negotiations.
After his keynote speech, Mr Alhendawi took time to answer several questions by the participants. UNYANET used the opportunity to introduce the idea of a global awareness-raising campaign for the Post-2015-Agenda, especially among young people, to Mr Alhendawi and also to present the MUN Passport to him. The Youth Envoy welcomed both initiatives.
The participants of the UNYANET GA 2014 were deeply inspired by the possibility to talk to the UN Envoy on Youth: “It was such an honour to meet him”, said the Austrian delegate. Her colleague added: “He was so inspirational.”